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Stormbreaker (Alex Rider: Operation Stormbreaker) (2006)


Average Rating: 4.7/10
Reviews Counted: 66
Fresh: 22
Rotten: 44

Critics Consensus: Alex Rider: Operation Stormbreaker is strictly children's fare, as it lacks originality, excitement, and believabiltity.

Average Rating: 4.5/10
Reviews Counted: 27
Fresh: 8
Rotten: 19

Critics Consensus: Alex Rider: Operation Stormbreaker is strictly children's fare, as it lacks originality, excitement, and believabiltity.


Average Rating: 3.2/5
User Ratings: 93,702


Movie Info

An outwardly ordinary teenager finds himself suddenly thrust into extraordinary circumstances upon discovering that his entire youth was part of an elaborate plan to create the perfect super spy in director Geoffrey Sax's action-packed adaptation of author Anthony Horowitz's best-selling series of novels featuring an adolescent secret agent. Alex Rider (Alex Pettyfer) always though that his kindly uncle Ian (Ewan McGregor) was your average, everyday nondescript bank manager, but when Ian was … More

PG (for sequences of action violence and some peril)
Action & Adventure , Kids & Family , Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
In Theaters:
May 22, 2007
Box Office:
Weinstein Company - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Stormbreaker (Alex Rider: Operation Stormbreaker)

All Critics (74) | Top Critics (29) | Fresh (22) | Rotten (44) | DVD (3)

Nobody wants to see a violent James Bond send-up, with a British teen risking life and limb for Jolly Olde England, matched against a toothpick chomping 'computer genius' villain played by Mickey Rourke.

Full Review… | November 10, 2006
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

I forgot most of it about 20 seconds after it was over.

Full Review… | October 17, 2006
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

Yes, we've got brand new blond junior and grown-up Bonds this season, but the toughest task for Baby Bond could be finding an audience.

Full Review… | October 14, 2006
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

Bond-for-kids done with some obvious budget restrictions...

Full Review… | October 13, 2006
AV Club
Top Critic

A pointless junior version of James Bond minus the budget (and the suaveness).

Full Review… | October 13, 2006
Seattle Times
Top Critic

With so much talent involved with this film, the finished product seems like a waste.

Full Review… | October 13, 2006
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Teen spy hero makes leap from book to screen.

Full Review… | January 1, 2011
Common Sense Media

What doesn't quite work are the more overtly jokey bits.

Full Review… | February 12, 2009

A moderately enjoyable affair which only drags in the middle.

Full Review… | March 1, 2007
Film Journal International

Jamais parece reconhecer a pouca idade de seu herói, que age como adulto (e como espião experiente) na maior parte do tempo, o que, além de tornar tudo implausível, ainda resulta num filme aborrecidamente convencional.

January 18, 2007
Cinema em Cena

An instantly forgettable confection that'll bore more kids than it entertains.

Full Review… | December 21, 2006

This mishmash retread fails to find its own identity on any level and should head straight to cable TV where it belongs.

November 6, 2006

An entertaining popcorn movie featuring a veritable who's who of game British actors (and a trio of equally game American performers) who keep the proceedings lively even with a too-predictable plot.

Full Review… | October 27, 2006
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

click to read full review in Greek

Full Review… | October 21, 2006
Movies for the Masses

It's not much of a plot and TV veteran director Geoffrey Sax struggles with the big-screen demands of action scenes.

Full Review… | October 21, 2006
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Stormbreaker jarringly shifts back-and-forth from real-world believability to Bond-esque suspense-of-disbelief to Boris-and-Natasha goofiness.

Full Review… | October 17, 2006
Christianity Today

Even more damaging is the inescapable fact that as the allegedly dashing and charming Alex, Pettyfer is a complete washout -- he is sullen, mush-mouthed and seems to spend the entire movie in the throes of a perpetual pout.

Full Review… | October 16, 2006

Stormbreaker plays with, well, not complete authenticity, but more-than-expected authenticity.

Full Review… | October 15, 2006
Boxoffice Magazine

The secret agent actioner Stormbreaker is definitely more James Bond for tweens than Nickelodeon fluff like Agent Cody Banks. Maybe it has something to do with the British accents.

Full Review… | October 14, 2006

[Rider's] squirrelly film debut amps up Horowitz's wry humor, putting silliness in unintentional competition with the film's action and dramatic elements.

October 14, 2006
Groucho Reviews

Alex is a junior James Bond, but the movie takes itself too serious to be a fun kids film.

Full Review… | October 14, 2006

Parents or older siblings taking the kids to the movies as a family bonding experience are less likely to bond with the kids than find themselves succumbing to the urge to nap. Bring a blankie; you may need it.

October 14, 2006

Audience Reviews for Stormbreaker (Alex Rider: Operation Stormbreaker)

It's sometimes hard to review a film that is meant for a much younger age group so I can only try to think like the 12 year old me. Yup, I still hate it. When I was younger, I'd watch the James Bond films, I may not have understood all of them but I still enjoyed them. I would never have liked this due to the unlikelihood of a child becoming a spy, James Bond going into space was fine though. Seriously though, I disliked this film immensely.

Anthony Lawrie

Super Reviewer


Fun enough but nothing amazing. Full review later.

Thomas Bowler

Super Reviewer

It was very disappointing!

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

Nadia Vole: "You are ze first child to experience ze power... ze vorld domination, of ze Stormbreaker. Zis model has already been loaded vis highly developed programs for all aspects of ze school curricular."

An outwardly ordinary orphaned teenager student Alex Rider who lives with his uncle, a boring bank manager, or so it seems until his uncle, Ian Rider, disappears under mysterious circumstances. He finds himself suddenly thrust into extraordinary circumstances upon discovering that his entire youth was part of an elaborate plan to create the perfect super spy. Recruited by Mr. Blunt and Mrs. Jones, and armed with special gadgets, he embarks on his first mission. Billionaire Darrius Sayle is donating a free Stormbreaker mega-computer to every school in Britain. But is there more to his generosity than meets the eye? Going undercover, he infiltrates Sayle's compound. He meets the tycoon's sinister sidekicks, vixen publicist Nadia Vole and the disfigured mute Mr. Grin, and tests out the impressive and secretive Stormbreaker computer. While exploring a restricted area, Alex begins to figure out the mysterious Stormbreakers--he knows he's onto something big. Suddenly, Sayle and his evil henchmen capture Alex. Using his cunning and his MI6 gadgets, Alex manages to escape. He hitches a ride to London to stop Sayle from activating the Stormbreakers and releasing their secret weapon throughout Britain. But time is running out. With the help of his housekeeper Jack Starbright and his friend Sabina Pleasure, Alex takes Sayle head-on in a dangerous race against time to stop the evil plan. Within days he's gone from schoolboy to super spy, but will his first assignment be his last?

I like action, don't get me wrong. I'm a die hard Die Hard fan, I dig Rambo and his killer mullet and I love Bond, James Bond. But sometimes the action genre only works to a certain extent well for example, if a 14 year old kid turns into a super spy and the fate of the whole world rests on his pre-pubescent stubby little hands, then I think we have a problem.

This film is exactly just like that. And I may be alone in this one, maybe not but I think, 14 year old tweens belongs in the school, not in some high class evil lair butting heads with a has been punk rocker Mickey Rourke.

It didn't work with Cody Banks and I'm sad to say it didn't work here either. The main problem of this film is that its trying so hard to be a high espionage actioner that it completely forgets that for an action film to work, the story must be on the same level as the action. This one however goes the other way around, it has so much action that the story was completely forgotten.

However, everything is not all that bad. Save for a couple of cool action scenes and Bill Nighy. After that, its sad to say everything goes downhill.


Lorenzo von Matterhorn

Super Reviewer

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